If you’ve never heard of Tone It Up—the female-driven fitness empire helmed by trainers Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson, which now has a cult following thanks to a brief one-season stint on Bravo—prepare to be enlightened.
I first discovered the duo a few years back, and since then I’ve bookmarked their Youtube channel, bought one of their DVDs, sweat my way through tons of their workouts and ordered a case of their popular protein powder. The girls have built quite a business, and while I haven’t gone as far as to buy into their meal plan and nutrition guide, I have to admit that their workouts alone are pretty on point.
More recently, Karena and Katrina have started to hone in on their bridal audience, and the workout below was designed to tone all of those stubborn areas that brides often want to target before the Big Day. It’s only 15 minutes long and can be done at home—so there’s no excuse for not getting it done!—and it’s a great addition to the pre-wedding fitness routine you already have going.
For more on bridal health, fitness and nutrition, go here.
As we have talked about many a time before, many couples these days, because they have lived together before marriage and are tying the knot a little later in life, really just prefer cash when it comes to the generous gifts of their wedding guests. They’re all good on forks and towels, but could use a little help in the house-down-payment department.
It’s one of the reasons there are actual websites now devoted to helping couples essentially “ask” for cash; we told you about one of them just this spring called Envelope, which allows couples to register for experiential gifts instead of bathroom linens.
Well, another one of those such sites called Tendr recently surveyed some 4,000 couples to see what they did with their wedding funds, and this is what they found:
We love the pretty charm of a vintage wedding dress. Photo via Pinterest.
Shopping for the wedding dress of your dreams is a nerve-racking (but also super exciting!) task in and of itself, but if you’re the type of bride who wants to wear a vintage frock down the aisle, finding The One can be even more of a challenge.
In the search for the perfect vintage wedding gown, many brides start online—there are plenty of reliable, well-stocked sites out there that offer large selections of dresses in all styles, shapes and sizes. These sites are often well organized and easy to peruse, and make narrowing down your options (by budget, silhouette, etc.) super simple.
On the other hand, if shopping for your wedding dress online seems a bit too risky (we don’t blame you!), you can find vintage gowns locally, too. It’s not as simple as walking into any bridal boutique and just plucking one off the rack, but it’s certainly possible to hunt down a beautiful vintage dress without spending hours scouring the Interwebs.
Each year, we wait with baited breath to see what Pantone—you know, basically the upscale runway-version of Crayola—declares will be the Color of the Year, and how that will affect the upcoming seasons’ wedding trends. When we were introduced to Marsala for 2015, we figured it would serve as the inspiration for many an autumn bride, and looked forward to the pretty color schemes that would spring from the rich red-ish hue.
Thing is though, every season, the color intelligence team behind the expert brand actually releases an entire roster of shades that they declare should dictate everything from your wardrobe to your choice of lipstick, and we say that that, too, can inspire a wedding palette. After all, colors don’t have to fade away after one quick cycle of fashion; pretty colors can withstand a lifetime.
And so, we’ve taken a look at Pantone’s Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report, combined the shades we think would look best together, combed through Pinterest for you, and provided a few pictures so you can see for yourself how these beautiful hues can be trendy in any weather, of any year, for any bride. Be lost in the cold, dark world of choosing your wedding’s color scheme no more. Behold:
Here’s one of Casa Papel’s letterpress invitations. Photography by Courtney Apple.
Designing the custom invitations for your wedding is (we think) one of the most exciting, creative and fun parts of planning your Big Day. As we always say, your invites are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, and when it comes to creating the perfect design, your options are literally endless.
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